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Gas bill to rise by as much as £100

British Gas is reportedly planning to announce price rises of as much as 20 per cent, adding more than £100 to the typical monthly bill.

David Prosser: In search of a coherent energy policy

Outlook There is much to commend in Ofgem's burst of activity of late. Its announcements yesterday of an investigation into Scottish Power's price promises and the go-ahead for energy market reforms already trailed were both sensible. Yet one cannot help but feel these matters are trivial compared to the big question facing Britain's energy industry – the one publicly posed by the regulator more than a year ago, to which we have yet to hear a satisfactory answer.

Scottish Power savings claim probed by watchdog

The energy watchdog said today that it had launched an investigation into a "potentially misleading" offer by Scottish Power promoted during its last price hike.

UK families under most financial pressure since the depths of recession

British families are suffering the tightest squeeze on their finances since the depths of the recession, according to a new report.

Britain: The most indebted nation on Earth

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara tells Julian Knight that the Consumer Credit Counselling Service expects to see lots more families in trouble

Julian Knight: Finally, OFT to rein in debt management firms

Put the words "debt" and "free" into a search engine and you will come up with no fewer than 60,000 results most of which are are fee chargers. But from next year the debt management industry is going to find it a lot harder to suggest that its services are free in any respect.

Food inflation hits 4.9 per cent as energy bills rise by one-fifth

Family of four can expect weekly food bill of £100 to increase by £5, which adds up to £260 a year

Fresh blow as energy prices rise

Hard-pressed consumers were dealt a fresh blow tonight after Scottish Power unleashed what is expected to be a new wave of energy bill rises.

Scottish Power to build new plant

Scottishpower is planning to build a big gas-fired power station near Bristol. The power plant, known as Avon power station, will have a generation capacity of between 900-1,200 megawatts and will use high efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine technology.

Ofgem cracks down on Big Six energy firms

The energy regulator Ofgem stepped up efforts to temper the influence of the biggest utilities yesterday by proposing that they auction up to a fifth of their electricity generation output and simplify tariffs that leave customers "bamboozled" by their complexity.

Ofgem orders electricity reforms

The "big six" power suppliers should sell off up to a fifth of their electricity output in a move to "break the stranglehold" they have over the market, the energy watchdog said today.

Tidal stream development approved

The world's largest tidal stream energy development will be built off the west coast of Scotland.

E.ON waives retirement age to keep chief

Chairman asked to remain in post to oversee the restructuring of the £9bn energy company
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee